I was so happy to complete my Kate's Shawl!
Once I used Raveler lizacorrea's mods, the pattern was easy to knit and intuitive. I used brass color rings from KnitPicks to mark each pattern repeat. Not that it was difficult, but it enabled me to look away from my work and feel where I was, which is helpful if you're chatting while you knit.
When I had over 200 stitches on my cable needle, it disconnected from the needle tips! The worst part was that I wasn't at home. I was in the waiting room of business office at which E-Rex and I had an imminent appointment. Oh, boy! The blessing was that the Soft yarn is a bit grippy for an acrylic, so I held my breath and very slowly and carefully threaded the needle-less cable through each loose stitch. I didn't count them, but I think about 80 or so would be a fair estimate. I captured them all, even though many were not properly mounted on the cable, they were on. When I changed the cable, attached needles and resumed knitting, I adjusted stitches that faced the wrong way.
I wanted a bolder ruffle than in the original pattern, so I did and extra 2 rows. My Kate's ruffles are plump and I like them. It caused me to use just a little bit of a 5th ball of yarn. (The pattern calls for 4 skeins. I always buy an extra for swatching and to allow for gauge disparity.)
When the shawl was complete, I had nearly a ball of yarn left over. I'm in a real de-stash groove, so I wanted to use the remainder. I improvised a simple hat, based on the shawl's textured stitch pattern. It knit up quickly.
I still had yarn left, so i created a cowl. I won't wear them all together. The had and shawl will work, or the hat and cowl. Or, just the hat, just the cowl or just the shawl.
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